THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) may stop the airing in the country of the fight between Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 9.
“Yes [we can stop the airing of the fight]if we believe that it will [violate the law]. That is in accordance with the law,” Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said on Thursday.
He was reacting to a statement of former Akbayan party-list lawmaker and now independent senatorial candidate Walden Bello that Pacquiao’s fight with Bradley is an election offense punishable with disqualification.
Bautista said he had the matter studied by a lawyer even before Bello raised the issue, and initial findings have already been submitted to him.
The poll chief, however, refused to disclose results of the study.
Bautista cited Bello’s possibly filing a formal complaint because it might be misconstrued that they were picking on Pacquiao.
He explained that without a formal complaint against Pacquiao or the airing of the coming boxing match, everything remains speculative.
“We will look into it if and when a formal complaint is filed. We have to look at the Fair Election Act [and]as well as the rules regarding campaign expenses. These are the related issues,” Bautista pointed out.